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Islamic Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers

Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

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Jennifer Cousineau, MSCP, LPCI, NCC

February 11, 2019

For those who wish to include their faith in their addiction treatment, attending a faith-based Islamic rehab center might be the solution they are looking for. The best addiction programs address a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs to promote a long-lasting recovery.

Faith-Based Treatment Centers

Those who practice as Muslims of the Islamic faith believe that any drug or alcohol use is a sin. As one who practices Islam, you already know that drinking is haraam, or sinful. In fact, the Qur’an does not allow drinking alcohol (whether that be making, selling, or keeping it). If a Muslim individual violates this, in any way, this can result in a lot of shame for that individual and the individual’s family. This includes any mind- or mood-altering substance.

However, Islam also supports those who seek recovery. In the Islamic faith, Allah forgives and wants us to help and support those who are struggling and wish to repent and seek recovery. The Islamic faith does not “shame” those who are seeking help and treatment. If any feelings of guilt or shame have been weighing heavily on your mind, recognize that you have many people (family and friends) that are behind you in your journey to recovery.

Choosing a faith-based treatment center, whether that be an inpatient program geared towards your Islamic beliefs, or even a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous that has roots of Christianity and the Bible, could be a great start. Alcoholics Anonymous does not discuss religion. At AA, they just mention that you need to have a faith in a supreme being. Many Muslims find that their beliefs in God align with the program and can successfully reach sobriety by attending AA.

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Millati Islami

If you would like to attend a group similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, but want the roots to be based in Islam and not Christianity, then you might want to try Millati Islami. Millati Islami is a newly established 12-step program that was established in Baltimore and is similar to AA. It is rooted in tenants of the Qur’an. Millati Islami is a group of men and women who are struggling from similar addictions, just like you or someone you know. Those in the program are committed to the “Path of Peace” and discuss their experiences, hopes, and strengths while in recovery from addiction.

It is believed in Islam that Allah has entrusted us with our bodies here on earth. We are Khalifa, or inheritors of the Earth. Our bodies, souls, and minds belong to Him. God wants us to take care of our bodies and while in recovery you will aim to submit yourself, your will, and services to Allah. We must respect our bodies and Millati Islami allows you to gain this understanding while going through recovery. In Millati Islami, you will also be taught (or reminded) that we are Abd (slaves or servants) to Allah and not Abd to addictive substances. The goal of this program is to achieve sobriety and also peace of mind.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

If you are looking for a more intense approach, you may want to consider inpatient Islamic rehabs. Inpatient rehabs are a more thorough program that last around 30-90 days (depending on the addiction and situation) and will offer more services regarding healing of the mind, body, and soul. Browse our resources for Islamic rehab centers in your area. You may also want to consider traveling out of state, if a program offers more of what you are seeking.

Outpatient rehabs, on the other hand, are better suited for aftercare (that is after you have completed an inpatient rehab). Outpatient programs help keep you on track and staying accountable, but only meet a few hours and a few days a week. Talk to your doctor, psychologist, or trusted leader in your faith to consider which option will be best for you. For example, you may decide on attending an inpatient program first, and then after successfully completing that program, you can receive aftercare at Alcoholics Anonymous or even Millati Islami.

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If you or a loved one is struggling from an addiction, seek help now. You may be feeling ashamed, nervous, lost, or any number of emotions. But remember your beliefs: that Allah forgives those who seek help and want to get back on track. The Islamic community supports your desire to seek help and recovery. Make the decision today to turn your life around.

Contact us at or give us a call. We can help you find an Islamic rehab facility that is right for you. Or we can also help you find a Millati Islami program nearest to your desired location for services. If you have any questions, or need further assistance, we’re here to help.

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